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What’s in your beauty stash… and how long has it been there?

February 20, 2018 by Mitesh Soma
What’s in your beauty stash

Previously we asked you ‘what’s in your beauty stash and how long has it been there’? Based on this, we hope you all had a good old beauty bag clear out. As skin is a hot topic for us here at Works With Water, we wanted to revisit this subject and consider just why it is important, especially for those of us who suffer with skin conditions such as acne, to throw out make-up regularly.

When it comes to make-up follow these guidelines:

  • Lipstick can last up to 2 years, but if in that time it begins to smell, change colour or texture – throw it away, after all, why would you even want that on your lips?
  • Foundation can last between 6 months – 2 years depending on product type. The pump foundation can last you between 1-2 years but a pot may only last up to 6 months. Don’t worry though, use your chance to throw it out as an opportunity to try something new (it’s good to keep that face looking fresh).
  • Mascara, as we mentioned before can last up to 4 months tops. By this time it will be dry and unusable anyway.
  • Powder cosmetics such as blush can last up to 2 years as powder lasts longer than wet formulations. But as with lipstick, if the colour, smell or texture changes within that time, throw it away – it’s no good for your skin.

So why should we change make-up regularly?

Active ingredients in expired make up lose their efficiency and become compromised. Their molecular structure breaks down which can react badly with skin cells causing skin irritation and inflammation. Expired make up can also harbour bacteria which when applied to skin can cause bumps that resemble acne. If you already suffer from acne then this combination of using expired makeup to cover your complexion is really not ideal for you and it should reiterate the importance of purchasing new make-up products regularly.

It is also important to clean make-up brushes at least once a week as cleaning can help keep bristles soft which causes less skin irritation with application, not to mention it removes harbouring germs that could also cause skin irritation. Dirty make up brushes simply re-introduce bacteria into your pores causing clogged pores, increased blemishes and uneven texture on skin.

The obvious result of using expired makeup and dirty make up brushes is ‘bad skin’. If you begin to notice more blemishes or irritation as you apply your make up, firstly clean the brushes and then check your make-up for any changes in colour, texture or smell. If its time, do another beauty bag haul at your local cosmetics store. Your skin will thank you.

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